What to Expect the First Year

What to Expect the First Year

by Heidi Murkoff


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America’s bestselling guide to caring for a baby, with over 10 million copies in print, What to Expect the First Year is the bible for taking care of a newborn though the milestone of his or her first birthday.

The Second Edition incorporates the most recent developments in pediatric medicine. Every question and answer has been revisited, and in response to letters from readers, dozens of new Q&As have been added. The book is more reader-friendly than ever, with updated cultural references, and the new material brings more in-depth coverage to issues such as newborn screening, home births and the resulting at-home newborn care, vitamins and vaccines, milk allergies, causes of colic, sleep problems, SIDS, returning to work, dealing with siblings, weaning, sippy cups, the expanded role of the father, and much more. An updated cover and all-new black-and-white line illustrations complement the fresher book with a fresher look.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761152125
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/08/2008
Series: What to Expect Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 832
Product dimensions: 14.12(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.66(d)

About the Author

It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You're Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she’d turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma.

Dubbed the “pregnancy bible”, the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 17 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages.

In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com – the interactive, state-of-the-internet companion to the WTE books, and home to a vibrant, vast, yet close-knit community of 3 million parents. In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE Baby Name Finder, and the WTE First Year Tracker.
Heidi’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies. With a beautiful, culturally appropriate low-literac

Arlene Eisenberg worked on all three editions of What to Expect When You're Expecting and remained active in the What To Expect Foundation until her death in February 2001. She was also co-author, with Heidi Murkoff, of the "What to Expect" magazine columns.

Sandee Hathaway holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston University. An experienced RN with a specialty in obstetrics and neonatal care, Sandee lives in Waban, Massachussets, with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Word From the Doctor

Introduction: Why This Book Was Conceived

The First Year

Of Special Concern

Ready Reference

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What to Expect the First Year 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From page 376 footnote - "Boys who display feminine traits early in childhood, like to play with dolls, and avoid rough sports are more likely to become homosexual in later life if their parents (particularily faters) try  to force them to "be a man". ether through teasing, subtle pressure, withdrawal of affection, or physical punishment." - I'd like to know where the author came up with this explanation as I'm very offended. This comment among others has forced me to completely disregard any of the author's recommendations in this book. I'm utterly shocked that this even made it to print and even more shocked that no one has mentioned  this in any reviews. 
abuvia More than 1 year ago
Don't be mislead (as I was) by the 2008 publication date listed on the Barnes & Noble website. This is simply a reissue of the 2003 edition of the book. If you'd prefer to have the most current and up-to-date information about babycare, you may want to look elsewhere.
KindergartenTeacher66 More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book for a firend of mine who's having a baby in June 2009. I briefly went through it and found that it was really more than I expected. It's a very complete and thorough reference for all of the "need to know" things during that first year. I recommend it highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book with my first child 11 years ago. I relied heavily on the informaion with her so when my husband and I had our second child last month I immediately ordered this book. After the loss of a baby we were super paranoid and wanted to make sure our newest addition was developing properly. This book really put our minds at ease. The book is broken down into chapters based on the month of the baby. There is a section of general information followed by a series of questions and answers. I found this helpful because you do not have to read paragraph after paragraph of information that doesn't apply to your family. For examply, I skipped all the information regarding bottle feeding children. This feature allows for easy navigating and referencing. Again, I would highly recommend this book to both first time parents and parents with more than one child.
ModernDad More than 1 year ago
After reading the classic "What to expect when you're expecting" and having access to very useful, practical information that helped us during pregnancy, my wife and I decided to get the next book from these successful series when our babygirl arrived. It has proven to be a very valuable resource and guide to find answers to all FAQs you have as a new parent during the 1st year of your child. Well written, with lots of practical examples, it has become our family advisor to better understand and deal with all common baby issues from our daughter. If you're a new dad or mom I recommended it as your 1st valuable guide to parenthood. I didn't give it a 5 only because I would love to see better illustrations and a nicer presentation, but in terms of information value it's definitely worth the price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used the book frequently to check milestones and for some advice. However, as a mom who MUST return to work, I found that section kind of biased. I found the 'missing the milestone' part just mean! Also, the advice to compensate your income by 'compromising' is just not practical! I NEED to work, I don't WANT to.
Serendipity10 More than 1 year ago
I had my mother-in-law pick this up for us while I was still in hospital after giving birth to my little girl. It was helpful at first but as she is getting older, there are many issues that are not addressed. It gives you basic information about what your child should be doing at certain months but does not go into much detail. There is a lot of question/answer pages that I dont have a lot of use on. There is a lot of information on issues and concerns about breastfeeding and it seems that the book is based around the idea that every woman will/can breastfeed. Found that annoying. Like I said, the book has been helpful for basic information but is not very detailed like "What to Expect While Your Expecting".
mom_of_two More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book when I had my first baby. It's a complete baby guide where you can find the basics and answeres for your most common questions. By reading it, I felt a lot more secure and confident about raising my child, besides, the information is constantly bing updated. For my second baby, however, I didn't use it much, I relied mostly on my own experience.
schmapp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book serves as a great tool for new parents. I do not agree with everything but it was great to use as a guideline when questions would arise.
tngrant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great reference for the first year of life. Great medical information and other practical things.
Meijhen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better to call it "what to expect when you're paranoid" (both my OB & our pediatrician told me that about this whole series!)There are better parenting books out there. This one has too much emphasis on the bad things that might possibly happen, and really doesn't address some of the alternative ways to do things.That said, I gave it three stars because it actually did have some good information on what to expect and how to do things when you first bring baby home -- breastfeeding, diaper changing, first bath, swaddling, etcI would not at all suggest this book to follow milestones, though, or anything to do with behavior. I stopped referring to it entirely after the first 8 weeks.
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I loved my book so I got this as a gift for a first time mom.
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While some information is good (milestones, etc), other information is either outdated or not all inclusive. As a "crunchier" mom, I'm disappointed that the book does not include more natural methods or references but rather sticks with traditional and antiquated ideas.
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As a first time parent I had no clue what milestones a child should come upon and I had a lot of questions about what is normal in raising a baby. You have to keep an open mind while reading and remember that everyone has their own opinion in raising a child. At one point she calls parents who use a pacifier too often are lazy. But it helped me realize what's normal with an infant and I consider it a good resource to use when I have questions.
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